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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 4, 2010 6:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Cliff was right

How funny is this? I owe you props too!

After reading your '76 reviews last night, I dusted off 7/17/76 and ended up listening to the extraordinary jammed out Comes a Time several times before I could move on to the great Other One Suite. It might be my new favorite Comes a Time! The vocals are not as emotive as 12/5/71, but that little jam is a treasure!

I'm finding a new appreciation for '76, particularly those Orpheum performances! Meanwhile enjoy the rest of Europe '72, you have plenty of surprises left to discover...

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Poster: deadmax Date: Jan 4, 2010 11:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Cliff was right

That is one of my favorite Comes a Time jams too.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 6, 2010 6:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: "...making croutons out of stale bread ..."

"76, for me, is them making croutons out of stale bread or bringing the fly back to life that you just suffocated in a pile of sugar on the kitchen counter. They try so many new things and surprisingly hit the mark most of the time. Listening to them creating new wings to fly on every night is nothing short of miraculous and as easily understood as a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. They soar to new heights and foist new adventures on each other to see how they will respond. It's a cosmic Red Rover game where each musician challenges another to see if he can break the notes standing arm in arm. What we get is night after night of sheer bliss, Aurora Borealis, an insect mating dance, a Panda chewing. The heights are scaled and we come back with fireworks in our toes and dreams set free."

I love your metaphors here Max, your work is outstanding and though I will always favor the early years, I have a new found appreciation for '76 not in small part due to your prose.

Thanks to your reviews I have recently been enjoying the Orpheum shows which I have not listened to in almost a year. Still waiting for an official Orpheum Box. Thanks Max!

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jan 6, 2010 9:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: '...making croutons out of stale bread ...'

Deadmax is on it for 76

For clarification this is the source that Deadmax review is on:

Reviewer: deadmax - [4.0 out of 5 stars] - May 11, 2009
Subject: The whole show...
is fast-paced for '76 and expertly played. Takes off with a fast and bright BIG RIVER. Set closer PITB is 18 min. and everything you expect.

2nd Set highlights. Bob asks the eternal question what would happen if the music ever started? The set really begins at CRAZY FINGERS which is beautiful with a stunning outro that has a different seque into DANCIN. This version is very large and upbeat. COSMIC CHARLIE wants to steal the show and almost does, it is an upbeat version with everyone present and beautiful leads. They tune up for the next set of songs and we are glad they do. Phil takes the lead into HELP ON THE WAY and everyone lets him as they all join in. SLIPKNOT! is always a favorite for me and this one does not dissapoint. Starting off very exploratory, devolving into its drums/space-ness that it has want to do - they go to some real primordial places here for sure. It gets down to just Jerry and the drummers then Phil joins in with some sublime Leshy Phil-o-drama. The experimentation goes on until Bobby brings the rythm back and they all come back to the surface to run and dance on top for awhile. This starts to sound a little like the Dark Stars of '69. Really. They all finally find a common vector in the universe to meet at so they can bubble into FRANKLIN'S TOWER. This is a really fine transition too. Too bad it goes into a very so-so FRANKLIN'S. The playing is good but they've lost the mojo they had and can't seem to concentrate. AROUND is not sounding stellar but still nice. Jerry is confused and tries to get fast too early and you're not really sure what they're going to do but they get slow again only to get fast in the next line. Then they just end it.

US BLUES kicks butt not.

Very nice show overall, well worth the listen. I'm thinking 6/11 and 6/12 were better shows though.

This post was modified by jglynn1.2 on 2010-01-06 17:59:01

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jan 4, 2010 1:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Cliff was right

That Comes a Time Jam is sweet and sublime, it almost sounds like they are going to break into a lounge act!


Thanks for the pointer!

This post was modified by jglynn1.2 on 2010-01-04 21:47:21

This post was modified by jglynn1.2 on 2010-01-04 21:48:58